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Grateful Dead Live at Charlotte Coliseum on 1979-05-03


Topics Live concert


Promised Land, Brown Eyed Women, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Stagger Lee, Looks Like Rain, Row Jimmy, It's All Over Now, Deal Samson & Delilah, Tennessee Jed, Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Black Peter-> Not Fade Away-> Playin' In The Band, E: U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Charlotte Coliseum
Location Charlotte, NC

Source Audience Recording
Lineage Nak CM700 > Sony 158SD > DAT > CDR > SHN
Taped by Barry Glassberg

Notes

NAK CM700, Sony 158SD Recorded by Barry Glassberg. A:D conversion by John Steinthal via Mark Cohen, encoded by Matt Vernon

Reviews

Reviewer: TheProdigalSon - - May 3, 2011
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Reviewer: deadpolitics - - April 19, 2010
Subject: Good Shtuff
The music comes through well on this recording, but there is a bit too much crowd noise for my taste, preventing me from cranking the volume as I sit here trying to do schoolwork.

As others have noted, Stagger Lee and All Over Now are the standouts from the first set. Brent's harmonies and playing are a great improvement over the burnt out Godchauxs.

Samson and Delilah features Jerry getting into shred territory (caught my ear even at low volumes). Terrapin was nothing too special but a good way to set the vibe for the exploratory Playin', Brent's first live performance. It doesn't get too far out there but the excitement of the musicians is palpable. "Say, guys, I think this Brent dude is gonna work out"

Brent's harmonies in Black Peter are very sweet and the NFA > Playin' is well done if relatively mellow.

Oh yeah, for the curious types, here's a 300+ page thesis paper on the history of GD tape trading: http://www.scribd.com/doc/26367749/Embaling-the-Grateful-Dead
Reviewer: TaperTony - - September 17, 2009
Subject: Brent's Second Show
In the days before internet, the heads didn't know who would be playing the keyboards on this tour. When the lights went down and this guy with long straight blond hair sat down behind the hammond, we all freaked "Gregg Allman, they got Greg Allman!" Then he started singing and it' wasn't Gregg... Anyway this is a fine aud recording of Brent's 2nd show with the GD and you can hear how quickly he jels with the Band! Nice detailed recording from a sweet spot. Stagger Lee, All Over Now, Deal, Long Playin' jam. Very Nice.
Reviewer: Purple Gel - - November 29, 2008
Subject: Brent's First East Coast Show
The Dead's return to the east coast after Keith and Donna were let go was met with much anticipation and curiosity about the new keybordist and how they would sound. All worries were unfounded, as they played a very tight, if unspectacular show. A couple of hours before the show a bunch of us were sitting outside the venue in line when a guy with a "Road Crew" Jacket on came out of the building and handed out plastic containers of Electric Kool Aid and saidsomething like " This is compliments of the guys, they are glad to be back on the road again" The first set was solid, great Row jimmy, the rockinest All Over Now, I Ever saw, nice Brown eyed women, very satisfying set. The second set was great, A very strong Terrapin/Playin was the highlight,. At the end of Black Peter, Bobby's monitor started emitting a very loud buzz. Being the technical genius he is and using the best of Dead ingenuity, he proceeded to kick his speaker over and it crashed to the floor leaving his sound dead. The crowd got a kick out of this and Jerry and Phil were both looking at him and laughing their asses off as they went into the NFA introduction without him, it was a very funny moment.
Reviewer: rick e. - - September 22, 2005
Subject: Stagger Lee
I think tis show is underated too ,and this Stagger Lee is one of the best.Brents playing is so much more interesting,than what Keith was doing toward the end of his tenure with the boys.
Also this is the old coliseum,which had a much more intimate feel ,and in my opinion better sound.From '89 on they played the new coliseum ,which is almost twice as big.I give it a 4 on performance alone.The sound here isn't bad either .
Reviewer: zzzboxofrainzzz - - July 19, 2005
Subject: A Fine Time Was Had By All
Got to Charlotte early in the a.m. A bright sunny day assisted by a 4-way of spaceship. I've had a tape of this since the day we got back from the rest of the tour and I still think it's a very under rated show. Lots of energy, but short, and tight versions of everything in the first set. Still my favorite Stagger Lee and a great Row Jimmy. Came out charging 2nd set with a great Samson. Then things slowed down... Tennessee was solid but unspectacular. Terrapin was pretty but not overly original. And the Playin' was long and spacey. Drumz were too long, but the Black Peter was great, the NFA short but tight, and the transition into the Playing Reprise was great stuff...as if they were speaking to each other with their instruments. A "let's get the hell out of here" U.S. Blues and then off to Hampton. Oh, and if you're reading this Miltie... Next time share your blow out in the crowd instead of being a miser and winding up getting busted in the men's room. Really was a hassle bailing your ass out!!!
Reviewer: jboyaquar - - June 30, 2005
Subject: Brent's 1st East Coast Show...Nothing too eternal, but not a bomb either.
1st Set: The culprit's either Bobby or Jerry as one of 'em plays the same maddening 1st note of "Promised for 150 seconds. However, it's brisk and light. Bobby's voice is still in impressive virile mode...it's making me kinda all hot and bothered. Jerry blazes us home... a quiet solace of almost 4 minutes of downtime til a lived-in "Brown." Tonight's versions mostly have this polite, experienced vibe. Kinda like a parent gently coddling his children...Phil's got a joke for us.. "What's the difference between disco dancing and 'three green penny?...' is that you can teach people to disco" Ok, I'm not following, but any chatter suffices our necessity for a 'connection' with the exalted members on stage. "Uncle" skips with delight, and although "River's" speedy and chipper, it lacks a forceful distiction to seperate itself from the pack. "Stagger"'s got movement, which places itself a step higher than many of those draggy ones in Winter '79. Weir's slide is inching towards annoying, though... Geez, Bobby sure belts the hell out of a spotlight-worthy yet just emotionally decent "LLR. "Row" is nicely adorned by Jerry tho the bad shouldn't feel compelled to increase the song's velocity due to the crowd's overly fast clap-a-long. "All Over Now" is a solid standout (tho minor-league spitfire;) I like mine fiercely angry. Brent's Hammond adds a nice resilient wall to the proceedings, and the band appears especially pepped up to make this one a keeper. "Deal" is a good closer, but not as memorable as "All Over."

2nd Set: About two minutes of tuning and then it's time for our Sunday bible lesson. "Samson" is quite nice with Brent adding his well-toned harmonies in just the right areas. Hmmm..., my first 2nd set "Tennessee" in quite a long time. It's decent, but due to lack of variance in most versions, it should permanently belong in the 1st set. "Terrapin" softly presents itself and goes from quiet to loud several times in this slightly better than average version. "Playin" starts the party up once more, though it's not the rocking'est' version around. There are lots of open spaces that are hesitantly filled. Not the meatiest jam considering its 17 minute length, but pleasant. Drums and Space are standard, patiently delivered. "Black" is on the right path, though the horsepower in this engine is not up to my expectant high quality. It steams ahead tho to an eagerly anticipated "NFA" It's decent and strolls back into a tip-toeing, cascading, slight drizzle jam. It, of course, ends up in reprise land. It's ok, but where are the drummers to send it over the top, like any good closer should be.
Considering the paucity of classic 'Dead' tunes in the 2nd set, I was expecting something a little grander than "US Blues." However, it's all in good cheer.

A solid 3 star show whose true hilight, believe it or not, is "All Over Now."
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